Pierre Gasly, a French F1 driver, has organized an event titled ‘Run for Anthoine’ to honor his late friend, Anthoine Hubert. Hubert tragically lost his life in an F2 crash during the 2019 GP Spa-Francorchamps weekend. Invites to the run have been extended to all team members from F1, F2, and F3.
The memory of Hubert isn’t the only one being commemorated during the run. Another wave of somberness washes over the tack due to the recent tragic loss of Dilano van ‘t Hoff. Hoff was killed in a Formula Regional European Championship race that took place at Spa earlier this month. The running event will honor him as well.
For Gasly, organizing the run is his method of paying respects. He confessed to finding it hard to reconcile his love for the Spa track with the terrible memory of Hubert’s tragic death. “I think I link places with emotions, and I’ve had the worst emotions of my life here. But at the same time, it’s one of my favourite tracks, so it’s very contradictory,” Gasly shared before the Belgian GP.
He recalls his pain of learning the tragic news at these very paddock stairs. “I love this track, and I love racing this track, but at the same time I’ll never forget what I felt going down these stairs [in the paddock] when my parents told me the news.”
Gasly reflects on the reality of the racing world and life as a whole, acknowledging the tough moments that are part of it. He said, “It’s obviously tough, but I accept the sport that we do, and it’s things you have got to live with. It’s also life, as sad as it can be.”
The idea of the run had been brewing in Gasly‘s mind for quite some time. He sees it as a significant tribute to Hubert, even if others may find it small. “It might be small things for people, but it’s a lot bigger for me, and a lot more meaningful,” Gasly added. He shared that he and Hubert were very close and that Hubert was also very close with the team.
The event, which was in the pipeline before the unfortunate incident of Hoff’s death, is a way for the racing community to come together. Gasly said, “I just think it’s great that we all as a community when these things happen, everyone that is a part of Formula 1, whether it’s F2 or F3, the racing family comes together.”